The next chapter in Michael Eavis' drive to stop touts selling on festival tickets has begun. The Glastonbury boss believes that the best way to ensure that the person who buys a ticket on 1 April is the same person who actually goes to the festival is to have his or her photograph on the ticket.
So everyone who wants to buy a ticket on 1 April will need to register during the month of February - and provide a photograph of themselves.
The easiest way to register is online at http://www.glastonburyregistration.com/. If you don't want to register online then you can post off a form, which can be downloaded from here, or can be picked up at your local branch of Millets (who will donate 10 to WaterAid for every form they issue).
Each applicant will then receive a registration number, which will need to be quoted when tickets go on sale on 1 April.
If successful, the buyer will be sent a ticket, with their scanned photo and a unique ID number included on it, to the address on their envelope.
Although only one person can register per form, individuals can buy a ticket for themselves plus one other person, as long as they both have registration numbers. Family members can buy up to two tickets for adults and two for children aged between 13 and 16.
Michael Eavis said: "It's a fairer system. It means people won't be able to sell their tickets for £700. We're winning the war. The people who buy tickets on 1 April will actually be those coming to the festival."
There is no rush - you have until midnight on Wednesday 28 February to register for the 2007 festival.
- The 2007 Glastonbury Festival will take place at Worthy Farm from 22 to 24 June, subject to licence.
- The system Michael Eavis introduced in 2005 reduced the number of people selling on tickets at a profit by ensuring that personal details of the buyer were printed on every ticket and ID checks were carried out. The photo ticket is an additional measure which will make it easier and quicker to check that everyone at the turnstiles is in fact the original ticket buyer.
- Registration is essential if you want to buy a weekend festival ticket - and this applies no matter where you live, or how you travel to the festival.
- There is no charge for online registration. If you choose to apply by post, the stamps you provide are to cover the cost of processing your application and posting your registration number back to you.
- Everyone who registers will receive a unique registration number to quote when applying to buy a ticket when they go on sale at 9am on 1 April.
- There is no limit to the number of people who will be able to register - you will have the same chance when it comes to applying for tickets if you register on 1 or 28 February.
- The photograph needs to be of passport standard. If not, your application will not be processed.
- Children aged up to 15 (either with a child ticket, or free, if aged 12 and under) need not register.
- No information collected by registration will be offered for sale or use by any third party organisation. Unsuccessful ticket applicants will have their data destroyed and all ticket holders? registration details and photos will be destroyed within one month of the 2007 festival.
The online registration and ticket sales will be handled by See Tickets (VF's own ticket supplier)
The festival has employed a professional data capture organization to process
all written applications to ensure speed, accuracy and confidentiality of information. This organization will have no access to tickets or any opportunity to prioritise registrations.
For more information on tickets, visit the official site.
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